Friday, April 11, 2014

Alice's Tea Cup - Spring Break in NYC - Part 3

On Tuesday, after sight-seeing, we stopped for lunch/tea at Alice's Tea Cup 
located at 102 West 73rd Street.
This location is Chapter 1 in the 3 Chapters (locations)
 in the Alice's Tea Cup story.  
Opened in 2001 by two sisters as a place where afternoon tea
could be enjoyed before and after noon, where the food is healthy and 
the customer didn't leave hungry.  
Described as a place of whimsy and comfort, and family-friendly 
It was that and more! 

 There were about 100 loose leaf teas and herbals to choose from.
I selected the Castleton Estate Vintage, a Darjeeling tea.
Austin had an Oolong and Kaitlyn an Earl Grey
The Afternoon Tea menu included:
The Nibble ('lil bit hungry)
The Mad Hatter (hungry)
The Jabberwocky (famished)
All served on three tier servers

Austin, Glenn and Kaitlyn each ordered The Mad Hatter Afternoon Tea
 Austin chose Buttermilk Scones
served with preserves and cream
and a choice of two sandwiches
He chose Smokws Salmon and Cucumber Watercress with Lemon Chive sandwiches 
 The dessert course included Cookies and a choice of Mocha Cake, 
Chocolate Mousse or Lemon Tart. 
 For Glenn's Mad Hatter Tea
 A Mixed Berry Scone a Buttermilk Scone
served with preserves and cream
 Tuna Salad and Mate' Carnival Egg Salad Sandwiches on 7 grain bread
the lemon tart and cookies
Kaitlyn's Mad Hatter selection included
 a Buttermilk and a Bacon Cheddar Scone
served with preserves and cream
 Alice's BLT on toast and Mate'Carnival Egg Salad
and the Lemon Tart and Cookies for dessert
 Since there were no gluten free afternoon tea options, 
I ordered the Tomato Broccoli Soup
 and the Curried Chicken Salad 
 The first room upon entering was a gift shop
selling a large variety of loose leaf teas and 
bakery take-out items.  It was interesting to see school children
stopping in to purchase take-out scones. 
Beyond the first room, were two dining rooms. 
The fist one seats 25, the second one, seats 12 guests. 
There was a table of five ladies all dressed for tea, 
families, young adults, and a little girl dressed in a fairy costume
What a fantastic place!  

So, how and why did I want to go to Alice's Tea Cup? 
Because I have their 2010 Alice's Tea Cup Recipe Book in my tea library.  
What a special tea shop story, and recipe book! 

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